Winner in The Sunday Times

We are delighted to be named as Regional Winner for Wales in The Sunday Times Travel Top 100 British Hotels.

Full Article from The Sunday Times Travel Top 100 British Hotels.

“A 10-year transformation has turned a whitewashed 18th-century house from derelict to decadent. The last piece in the jigsaw was added this Easter with the renovation of the public sitting rooms and bar, overseen by Martin Hulbert, whose CV includes Chewton Glen, Cliveden and Coworth Park. The Grove is every bit as glamorous as those famous names, but a night here is considerably more affordable, and the new look celebrates the hotel’s Welsh heritage in style.

The sitting rooms now have tactile traditional blankets. Soulful contemporary local landscapes, handcrafted love spoons and hand-stitched antique lace are on the walls. There are flamboyant displays of wild flowers, earthenware pots that look 10 months pregnant, chunky wicker baskets stuffed with logs, and comfy sofas and armchairs that are the same mossy colours as the Preseli Hills, which you can see through the window.

The bar is moodier, thanks to black church benches and spindle-backed chairs bulging with over-plump cushions. Again, there is a great sense of place, with monochrome photographs of local scenes and even big chunks of coal encased in a glass display table.

And the bedrooms? Choose between the period drama of those in the main house or the glossy modernity of the suites in the cottages, a couple of minutes’ walk away. All have charm, though dinky terraces and balconies make the cottages more tempting.

The latest renovation also introduced a more informal dining option, allowing Allister Barsby, previously head chef at Gidleigh Park under Michael Caines, to demonstrate that he can turn his hand to casual eating as well as fine dining. So, while the main restaurant, Fernery, decorated with hand-pressed ferns from the garden, showcases his skill with dishes such as duck with roasted fennel and chorizo jam, a rib-eye steak in the laid-back Artisan Rooms hits the spot nicely, too.

The turndown gift of a packet of seeds from the kitchen garden to plant back home is a thoughtful touch.”

Source : Susan d’Arcy, The Sunday Times